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Conversions / New Model Army Conversion III
« on: January 04, 2019, 04:38:30 PM »
Wore this revolver and rig on my woods jaunt today. The soft leather belt hugs your hips like a high school prom date. She is mighty comfortable. I have nary a single complaint about the revolver. It is one fine shooter and has no glitch to her. She feels a bit more bulky than a Colt conversion and is a bit slower than when you are dumping the spent brass, but does have some dang good sights. If you are into reproduction conversions, this one is well worth consideration.

DSCN4911 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4912 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4913 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4914 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4915 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Scatterguns / Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:31:33 PM »
This one has been in my possession for about a year. Bought it at auction for next to nothing. It is nice and tight. I cleaned and rehabed the entire thing. It looked pretty poor. It looks real good now.

This piece has a 30 inch tube of 12 gauge bore. Like the rest of my old single shots, it shoots my brass hulled black powder reloads to full satisfaction.

I have not spent as much time researching this particular piecs as I would like, but internet sources are spotty. I need a few good books to find the particulars that I look for. So with that, I do not have a production date or modle designation to post.

This has become my favorite single shot to date. I fell in love with it as soon as I got it refinished. It is sleek and handles well. It also simply looks neat with the particular lines that were relegated to this version. And of course, the barrel dissassembly lever that is recessed into the receiver is unique and of it's own accord.

I will likely continue to pick up and shoot these old "put out to pasture" single shots for some time to come. They have a simple historical allure to me.

DSCN4892 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4894 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4893 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4895 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4896 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Navy Models / 1861 Navy
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:53:35 PM »
Picked this one as my choice of shooters during my wandering. Hiked the local ridges today and found one antler shed. When I got home, I shot up the cartridges that I had loaded up in the revolver and the dozen that I carry in the pouch. This revolver shoots good and to point of aim.

I have these paper cartridges figured out to a tee now for .31, .36, and .44 calibres. They are easy to make, easy to load, and easy to shoot. I still have to get around to making some wood blocks and pouches to carry rounds in for a few other revolvers, but my interest in mules has interupted my craft work to a high degree. I should slow down some with all of the hobbies that I am messing with. I am never caught up anymore and feel like I am chasing my own tail at times. I still have not made up any cartridges with my new Dow moulds as of yet.

I dont snap pics anymore to share of revolvers when I shoot. I wore that old horse out with all that I posted over the years. But I did take two pics today of the sweet Navy Colt to share. Hope you enjoy.

DSCN4898 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4899 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Scatterguns / Iver Johnson Champion
« on: December 23, 2018, 10:10:21 AM »
This is another rescue piece. I have had it for a year and a half. The exterior of the wood was in rough shape. It had a broken trigger spring and was missing the firing pin and tension spring. Dirty as all get out inside of the receiver. It is in fine working order now and shoots a very good pattern with my hand loaded brass hulls. It is in 12 Ga. and sports a 32 inch BBL. The closest that I have come up for a date of manufacture is between 1920 and 1929.

I have been roaming my local woods the last two days looking for a late season turkey to harvest with it.

DSCN4888 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4890 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4889 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4891 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Off-Topic Discussion / Got Some Fires In my Parts
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:57:44 PM »
Hot and dry conditions have set these parts of my roaming grounds into prime fire conditions. Got a new one raising hell down near the town of Lewiston. Another one along the Snake River took off yesterday and is burning up some of my Mule Deer hunting country.  The one out of Riggins is still going and has been doing so for the past few weeks. The one down in sltm1's country cooked off a lot of ground. It hit 107 in Boise today and was 105 at 4pm when I left there to travel home tonight. When I arrived close to home, it was 93 in Lewiston and it is currently 89 degrees here on the homestead tonight at 11:30 pm. I have not checked on the relative humidity levels, but got a good idea of what they are during the day. If we get any lightning storms over the next week, this country is going to turn into a blaze. It has been triple didget temps for a straight week in some areas and hit a high of 110 degrees here at home. There is one hell of a fuel load on the ridges and draws around me that will not provide direct attract from ground crews if it starts up this close. As always, I have my ground well mitigated and will stay put and defend my home, structures, and trees. At daylight, I am going to continue constructing my new blacksmith shop until the heat forces me to seek reprieve. I now wish I had not lost the last two days to attend training for my job on Boise. I could have got a lot more work completed had I been here on the place. But be what it may, it is just weather and the hardy will persevere no matter what comes this way. I just hope folks don't looses their homes like they did a couple years ago. The forcast calls for no let up of the hot conditions for the following week.

Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / A New Knife
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:00:31 PM »
I was recently gifted this piece. It is hand forged from a very old file. I gave the file to an up and coming blacksmith after selling him the idea that old files and rasps contain outstanding steel. I never expected to get the file back in the form of pure craftsmanship. I made the sheath for it.

DSCN2182 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2181 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2184 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Conversions / Fresh Pics Of My 1860 Richards/Mason
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:36:06 PM »
I am posting these for the enjoyment of our fine forum members. I took these pics at the headwaters of the Clearwater Mountains during a pack trip this past weekend. This just might be the very first conversion to be packed into this area in the last 140 years. As I have stated in another post, this revolver has went with me on every ride that I have made since getting my mule. It has covered a lot of miles since then.

DSCN2147 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2175 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2167 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2166 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / A Look at the Back Country
« on: June 25, 2018, 10:01:12 PM »
As of now, I have put a bunch of miles on and rode through a lot of different country. I would never get around to posting all of the cool pics that I have taken over the last month, but I did take some time and downloaded a few pics of some country that I spent 3 days in this past week. I am particularly fond of this piece of my world and felt like sharing some images.

On day two, I happened to meet face to face with a black bear and was figuring to be dumped out of the saddle when my mule spooked, but he held fast and things worked out. So far, I am the lucky one in that I have not had a personal rodeo with my mount. Not so for my two partners though. Up to this point, I have not suffered a bruise or a scratch.

I am proud to state that I have packed my Richards/Mason 1860 on every single outing since I first crawled in the saddle of this mule. The revolver has just as many miles on it as I do.

DSCN2107 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2117 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2120 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2124 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2108 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2126 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:32:03 AM »
Mulled it over for a couple of years before deciding to have this piece put together by my Montana buddy. We got the project up and running in June of last year. After a long wait for the barrel and stock blank, he got started on it in December. I recently picked up the finished rifle on Memorial weekend.

We had originally decided to copy many of the elements on the original Johanes Faber rifle. However, I wanted a longer barrel and a different style of trigger guard, as well as double set triggers. Our intentions were for me to end up with a Southern rifle that would fit into the 1750/1760 era.

A few particulars of the rifle are; .62 calibre, 48 inch long Rice barrel, Curly Maple stock, Jim Chambers English pattern lock, and a hand pounded butt plate made exclusively for this piece by my other Montana buddy. Subtle engraving is present on the lock plate, barrel tang, side plate, trigger guard, and butt plate. As well, there is some relief carving on the butt stock and wrist. Both the barrel and the lock were left in the white.

I have had it out shooting 3 different times now, and it has proven to be accurate. Rice makes a dang good barrel. The Chambers lock is fast as well. This rifle has a lot of special meaning to me considering who built it.

DSCN4871 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4873 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4870 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4869 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4874 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / A Bunch of Mule Pics
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:37:11 PM »
These were taken over the past few months in various parts of my home country.

DSCN4839 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4842 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4846 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4862 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1894 - Copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1909 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1901 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1941 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1950 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1977 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1960 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1986 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / March 2018 Woods Run
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:49:35 AM »
A few shots taken the first part of March over in Montana. Three of us partook in this run. Spent 3 days on it.

DSCN1822 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1823 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1832 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1869 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Army Models / 2ND GEN
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:43:00 PM »
Pic was taken this evening. 4/5/2018
DSCN1891 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Wads, Lubes, Patches, Cleaning Supplies, etc / Mind Your Bees Wax
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:36:39 AM »
A bee keeper gave me this partial bucket of grungy wax years ago just after I got into making my own bullet lube. Right after I got it, I renedered down enough for my needs and tossed the bucket in a shed. Well, the damn bucket was in my way yesterday while rumaging through the shed, so I decided to get it all cleaned up and stored properly.

I end up melting each batch down 3 times to remove all of the dirt and bee parts. The muffin pan on the stove and the round pan on the right have been melted once. The one on the left twice.
DSCN4833 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

After each batch has cooled, the bottom layer can be scraped from the cake of wax to get rid of the crud.
DSCN4835 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

A close up view of what the raw wax looks like.
DSCN4834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

And here sets two nice and clean cakes ready to be wrapped and put away. I will end up with 4 total cakes this size when finished.
DSCN4837 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Conversions / New Model Army Conversion II
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:03:05 PM »
Spent some time in the woods with this revolver today. Wore my new Johnston rig for the second time now.

This piece is a damn fine shooter. It functions perfect and does not foul out. It is not near as good looking as a Colt and does not come close to the feel of one, but it for sure is reliable.

The wide, lighter weight belt wears quite comfortably. Having a money belt is a new experience for me and I am finding that it is a very good way to carry a single action cartridge revolver.

I have a ton of belt rigs that I have made for myself, but when I get to use one from another craftsman that I know personally, it adds a whole bunch of enjoyment and pride that is not present when I wear my own rigs. I really don't have a good way with words to explain what I am trying to convey, but I feel sort of cocky, like I am the owner of limited edition rig. The rig might be something that I could duplicate, but would never have the same feelings using one made from my own hands.

I have a powder horn that causes the same effect when I use it. It was made in Ohio. The builder has seen some of my horns and asked my I would bother to buy one from another builder. I did my best to explain my feelings.

There is a very high degree of honor that builds up in me when I am able to put to use the gear and accoutrements made by the hands of other crafstman. Perhaps that statement alone explains what I was trying to say.

Thanks Mike, you will likely never know just what this rig means to me.

DSCN1797 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1793 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1794 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

1873 SAA Colts / Colt SAA
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:03:22 PM »
Took these pics of my 3rd gen shooter on this very same day and am posting them strictly for entertainment purposes.

DSCN1767 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1746 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1765 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1764 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2673 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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